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Marcus Patterson needed to take a year off following an injury, but he came back stronger than ever.

Marcus Patterson had wrapped up his one and only season in England where he would find some success post-college. The 6-foot-4 guard would spend time with the University of East London. He would also suit up for the East London All-Star of the England National Basketball League following his stint with the University of East London.

Following his successes with the University of East London, Patterson got a cup of coffee with the London Lions of the BBL. It was the first professional team that the Bronx guard was able to be a part of and he learned a lot about the game during his time with them.

Patterson also would suffer an injury that would prevent him from progressing and receiving a professional contract following the year in England. Instead, he would return back to the states and continue to improve.

“I came back from England and started to train, workout, and perfect my craft. It was hard being away from the game, but I needed to get better to receive another opportunity.”

Patterson would continue to improve and relentlessly tried to find a home to continue his journey. He admitted it was tough at first.

“Seeing everyone go back and play was kind of tough,” Patterson said. “But I knew that I could get to where I wanted to be if I kept putting the work in.”

In addition to continuing his craft on the basketball court, the 6-foot-4 guard was hard at work getting himself out there.

“I had gone on the EuroBasket’s database. I emailed hundreds of coaches and reached out on LinkedIn and Facebook, and nothing. It would not stop me, though.”

The Sage graduate had received a tip of advice to enroll in the EuroBasket Portugal Tour 2019 where players compete against Portugal’s top teams. This was Patterson’s chance to impress and he did just that.

Patterson showed good ability to finish and also lock down the opposing team which led to him receiving his first professional contract from Portimonense SC, a first-tier team in Portugal. He did not disappoint, finishing on the All Portuguese First Division All-Import Team and All Portuguese First Division Second Team. He would also finish seventh in the league’s most valuable player voting.

Patterson is not under contract for this year coming up but is open to the option of returning to Portimonense.

From television to the internet platform, Jonathan switched his journey in digital media with Bigtime Daily. He served as a journalist for popular news channels and currently contributes his experience for Bigtime Daily by writing about the tech domain.

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Should You Bet On A Super Bowl I Replay?

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The NFL playoffs are about to begin, and the favorites to win Super Bowl 55 are already established. The reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are the current +200 betting choice to repeat as champions.

In fact, oddsmakers are counting on an historic Super Bowl replay of sorts. The Green Bay Packers are listed as the +433 second wagering pick in the 2021 online Super Bowl betting.The 14-2 Chiefs are -115 odds-on favorites to win the AFC Championship, while the 13-3 Packers are the +140 chalk to capture the NFC Championship. Both teams enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in their respective conferences, earning them a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

If the form charts hold, NFL fans will get a replay of the very first Super Bowl game. On Jan. 15, 1967, the Packers whipped the Chiefs 35-10 in the inaugural Super Bowl contest at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Packers Were Dominant

In 1966-67, Packers quarterback Bart Starr was named NFL MVP and Green Bay beat Kansas City in the Super Bowl. This season, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is the favorite to be named NFL MVP and a Packers-Chiefs Super Bowl matchup is being projected.

Green Bay, champions of the NFL for the fourth time in six years, took the field for that first Super Bowl game as 14-point favorites over the AFL champion Chiefs.

However, Kansas City played the Packers tough in the first half. Green Bay’s halftime lead was just 14-10.

The Packers took control in the second half. The final 30 minutes saw Green Bay score three unanswered touchdowns to take the 35-10 verdict. Starr threw for two TDs, both to Max McGee. Elijah Pitts ran for two TDs and Jim Taylor rushed for one.

Super Bowl Rematches

If the Packers and Chiefs were to meet in this season’s Super Bowl, it would be the eighth rematch in Super Bowl history. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys have actually clashed three times in the big game.

Dallas has also played twice against the Buffalo Bills. Theirs was the only Super Bowl rematch to happen in successive seasons.

“Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs” by MattBritt00 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The New England Patriots faced the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams twice each. Other Super Bowl replays include Washington-Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers-Cincinnati Bengals.

You can even bet on a potential Chiefs-Packers Super Bowl 55. It’s the favored call in an exact Super Bowl matchup prop wager at +300.

Speaking of rematches, the 1966 AFL Championship Game to determine the first Super Bowl participant saw the Chiefs drub the Buffalo Bills 31-7. Buffalo is the AFC’s No. 2 seed and these two teams could easily clash in this season’s AFC Championship Game.

Chiefs An Offensive Juggernaut

Kansas City finished the NFL regular season as the league’s most potent offense. KC averaged an NFL-high 415.8 yards per game.

The Chiefs were also the NFL’s No. 1 passing offense, clicking for 303.4 yards per game. Kansas City was the only NFL team to pass for at least 300 yards a game.

In terms of productivity, Kansas City was the NFL’s No. 6 scoring offense, putting up 29.6 points per game. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes led the NFL in passing yardage per game (316) and tied with Rodgers for the lowest interception percentage (1.0) in the league.

Travis Kelce set an NFL single-season record for reception yardage by a tight end (1,416). Wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught an AFC-leading 15 TD passes. He also posted an NFL-best 14 yards per touch.

Green Bay Packs A Potent Punch

The Packers were the NFL’s most productive offense, scoring 31.8 points per game. Green Bay enters the playoffs riding a six-game winning streak. The Pack was the league’s fifth-best team in terms of total offense (389 yards per game).

Rodgers was the league’s most proficient passer. He led the NFL in passing TDs (48), passer rating (121.5), completion percentage (70.7), TD pass percentage (9.1) and QBR (84.4).

Packers wideout Davante Adams snared an NFL-leading 18 TD receptions. Adams also led the league in receiving yardage per game (98.1). Fellow wide receiver Marquez Valdes- Scantling posted the league’s highest yards per catch (20.9)

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